It’s canning season. This is the first year I’m dipping my novice toe into it to make applesauce and pickled veggies. I was lucky enough to get a windfall of used jars in June, and have found many other uses for them besides holding yummy foods for storage. And now that I’m going to do just that, I thought I’d share a few ways I’ve used the jars over the Summer:
Vases – Add a ribbon, bow or even wrap in twine and you’ve got a lovely vase – these were captured at a friend’s Babyshower. Grouped together, they made perfect centerpieces.
Waterbottle – Yes, it’s like a huge sippy cup, but with a name like Cuppow you feel cool while drinking out of a jar instead of a stinky hippy. My son wants one so bad, and they finally made a small mouth insert so I can give him a pint jar version. Cuppow inserts fit on top of the mouth of the jar, and you use the old ring to fasten it on. At $7 each, they aren’t cheap, but I can honestly say I use mine all the time (and Cuppow doesn’t even know I’m endorsing their product). If I was an assertive blogger, I’d probably try to get them to do a give-away. Instead, I’ll share photos and ideas:)
Herb Planter– Window sill garden solution! With narrow window sills, I wasn’t sure I could have an herb garden at my kitchen sink, even though this window gets the best morning sun. I measured the sill and tried to find small pots that would do the trick and not cost a lot. Finally, it dawned on me one time while I was visiting my Mom: she was using tall glasses, I could use jars!
But wait, there’s more:
Lunch – A leading blog on reuse and homemaking in the blogosphere, NW Edibles, did a whole long post about how to use jars for lunch. While I was reading it, I realized we’ve been doing a lot of the same thing around here in our home. I’m consistently even reusing jars from the store. Baby food jars in particular make great snack containers for young kids.
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Do you reuse jars in your home? Any new ideas? Please share!
p.s. This post was shared on The Wednesday Fresh Food’s Blog Hop – check it out for recipes and real food living!